Attorneys for Dash, the former manager and business partner of
rapper Jay-Z, on Thursday filed a summons, which is a notice
that a suit has been filed, in New York state court in
Dash claims he helped fund the production of several films and
television projects, including "The Butler," "Precious" and "The
Daniels "attempt(ed) to deprive (Dash) of the monetary benefits
and producer and executive producer credits owed to Mr. Dash as
per the parties’ agreements," the summons said.
Dash is seeking $25 million in damages from Daniels and $1
million from producer Simone Sheffield, who is credited as a
co-producer in several of Daniels's films, according to the
Internet Movie Database.
Dash's attorney, Natraj Bhushan, said he would file a more
detailed complaint once the summons was served, and that Daniels
and Sheffield had a chance to respond to the claims. He declined
to comment further on the case.
Daniels's production company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, did not
return a request for comment. Nor did Sheffield's production
company, Canyon Entertainment.
The case is Damon Dash v. Lee Daniels, New York State Supreme
Court, New York County, No. 157989-2014.
(Reporting by Daniel Wiessner; Editing by Ted Botha and Andre
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